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A life-changing

opportunity

It's safe to say Paul Martin has been through a lot in his life.

Growing up in a children's home, only learning to read and

write by the age of 15, helping to bring up four children and

nine grand-children, experiencing a wide-range of different

jobs, being made redundant in 2006 due to health issues, and

losing his sister at the beginning of 2019.

A year ago, he didn't know what to do. For a man who had

been used to leading a busy lifestyle for the majority of his

55 years, the 'endless days stuck between four walls' were

hindering. By his own admission, they left him on 'a massive

downer - even suicidal sometimes'.

One day, he ventured out of his flat. Not knowing where to go

and what to even do, he ended up walking past our office on

Cole Street, Scunthorpe. Why not, he thought? What have I

got to lose? Intrigued, he stepped through the door.

A door - in other words, a gateway to new skills, new

opportunities, and new horizons.

Paul said: "It's one of the best decisions I've ever made."

After sitting down with Pete, one of our Employment

Support coaches, he signed up for and completed a

range of different courses that would help towards

his aim of a job in administration. He also got two

eight-week work placement opportunities on the

reception desk at the Cole Street office.

Paul added: "I can't tell you how much of a difference this

has had on me. It's given me new skills, and I've got so much

more confidence. I've had a couple of job interviews recently

and I didn't even feel that nervous about them.

"I feel like I wouldn't have been able to do all of this years

ago and at my age, but Pete and the Communities team

have given me the opportunity to prove to myself that I could

do it."

So what now for Paul?

"I'm learning all the time and really enjoying things at the

moment. The support I've had so far has been fantastic - I

can't thank them enough. The great thing is, I know the

support will always be there if I need it."

"I'm going to take one day at a time, but

life certainly looks a lot brighter now."

Description 2018/19 Difference

Number of people in work placements

Number of people in sustainable employment

Number of level 2 qualifications completed

60

147

39

92

180

65

53%

increase

22%

increase

66%

increase

2017/18

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